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Recommended Dental Care for Chemotherapy Patients -- Advice from Steven McConnell, DDS
Date:3/24/2010

The effects of chemotherapy and radiation on our hair, eyebrows, and digestive system are widely known. But, what most of us don’t know is that chemotherapy wreaks havoc on our teeth and gums as well. Steven McConnell, DDS provides information on how to be proactive with your dental health while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

(PRWEB) March 24, 2010 -- Steven McConnell - a Marin County based Dentist with over 30 years experience is seeing an increase in the number of patients seeking dental care after completing cancer treatment. He has found a few simple home care routines that help patients alleviate the dental side effects of cancer treatment. "The primary goal of our supportive care is to help stabilize the mouth by restoring moisture, minimizing anything that causes dryness, balancing the ph of the mouth and strengthening the tooth surface," McConnell states.

Virtually everyone knows someone who has had to take on the trying and brutal battle against cancer. That person may have been your mother, father, sister, wife, or even yourself.

The effects of chemotherapy and radiation on our hair, eyebrows, and digestive system are widely known. But, what most of us don’t know is that chemotherapy wreaks havoc on our teeth and gums, as well. As soon as radiation or chemotherapy treatments start, oral health is immediately affected. The mouth becomes drier, gum recession and mouth sores start occurring. A common complaint is difficulty eating, drinking and swallowing. Often patients must rely on IV (intra-veneous) nutrition as eating and drinking is too painful. As the mouth becomes drier, the teeth also become weaker and more susceptible to decay. This is a critical time to have regular hygiene visits thereby doing all possible to promote optimum oral health. However, most oncologists often discourage hygiene appointments. Frequently, the side effect
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